Joel 2:9
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English Standard Version
They leap upon the city, they run upon the walls, they climb up into the houses, they enter through the windows like a thief.

King James Bible
They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.

American Standard Version
They leap upon the city; they run upon the wall; they climb up into the houses; they enter in at the windows like a thief.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They shall enter into the city: they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up the houses, they shall come in at the windows as a thief.

English Revised Version
They leap upon the city; they run upon the wall; they climb up into the houses; they enter in at the windows like a thief.

Webster's Bible Translation
They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.

Joel 2:9 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The prophet's address commences afresh, as in Hosea 2:4, without any introduction, with the denunciation of the incurability of the Israelites. Hosea 6:4-11 form the first strophe. Hosea 6:4. "What shall I do to thee, Ephraim? what shall I do to thee, Judah? for your love is like the morning cloud, and like the dew which quickly passes away." That this verse is not to be taken in connection with the preceding one, as it has been by Luther ("how shall I do such good to thee?") and by many of the earlier expositors, is evident from the substance of the verse itself. For ‛âsâh, in the sense of doing good, is neither possible in itself, nor reconcilable with the explanatory clause which follows. The chesed, which is like the morning cloud, cannot be the grace of God; for a morning cloud that quickly vanishes away, is, according to Hosea 13:3, a figurative representation of that which is evanescent and perishable. The verse does not contain an answer from Jehovah, "who neither receives nor repels the penitent, because though they love God it is only with fickleness," as Hitzig supposes; but rather the thought, that God has already tried all kinds of punishment to bring the people back to fidelity to Himself, but all in vain (cf. Isaiah 1:5-6), because the piety of Israel is as evanescent and transient as a morning cloud, which is dispersed by the rising sun. Judging from the chesed in Hosea 6:6, chasdekhem is to be understood as referring to good-will towards other men flowing out of love to God (see at Hosea 4:1).

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Exodus 10:6 And they shall fill your houses, and the houses of all your servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians; which neither your fathers...

Jeremiah 9:21 For death is come up into our windows, and is entered into our palaces, to cut off the children from without...

John 10:1 Truly, truly, I say to you, He that enters not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up some other way...

Cross References
John 10:1
"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber.

Exodus 10:6
and they shall fill your houses and the houses of all your servants and of all the Egyptians, as neither your fathers nor your grandfathers have seen, from the day they came on earth to this day.'" Then he turned and went out from Pharaoh.

Jeremiah 9:21
For death has come up into our windows; it has entered our palaces, cutting off the children from the streets and the young men from the squares.

Joel 2:8
They do not jostle one another; each marches in his path; they burst through the weapons and are not halted.

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